Yeah we couldn’t believe it either.
But while some fans might be surprised to see that number, I’m actually not all that surprised.
Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight, a New York Times political blog, noted that there have been several attempts to depict ratings of ballparks — whether by professional journalists actually attending every ballpark and writing about their experiences, or through fan surveys of a range of specific parts about each park.
I looked up the average rating â€” from one to five stars â€” for each of the 30 major league stadiums at the popular review siteÂ Yelp.com. Itâ€™s no more complicated than that. All of the ballparks have at least dozens if not hundreds of ratings from individual fans.
The winner by a country mile is Pittsburghâ€™s PNC Park. More than 80 percent of reviewers gave it the top, 5-star rating, and its average score was 4.77 points. It is followed by Bostonâ€™s Fenway Park (4.59 stars), San Franciscoâ€™s AT&T Park (4.57), Minneapolisâ€™ Target Field (4.53), and Baltimoreâ€™s Camden Yards (4.47).
BUT, if you want to find the new Yankee Stadium, you’ll have to scroll down a little bit — past Citi Field (No. 15!), in fact — to No. 21 (3.92) on the list, just behind the Astros’ Minute Maid Park (3.96) Â ahead of the White Sox’s U.S. Cellular Field (3.89).
Silver notes that the old Yankee Stadium had an average rank of 3.96, so the new stadium is not so far out:
The two ballparks in New York receive fairly average ratings, with the Metsâ€™ Citi Field (4.05 stars) slightly preferred to the new Yankee Stadium (3.92). For the Mets, this represents a major upgrade over Shea Stadium (3.45 stars). But the old Yankee Stadium (3.96 stars) received almost the same grade as the new one.
All the most recent posts had an average of 4-5 stars, and came from several varieties of fan — the Mets fan bummed that his team lost, 9-3, but still got the chance to sit in a luxury box (lucky.) to the Rangers fan who still prefers Arlington, but it’s a ballpark, nothing really to report.
One fan loved how volunteers were handing out sunscreen before one game, and another marveled at the cleanliness of the restrooms.
I guess different people look for different things in their ballparks, huh.
So I switched my search to show me results by rating, and I looked at what the lowest of the low had to say about the Mecca in the Bronx.
Some just like their own teams’ stadiums better. Another hated the dialect of the average effing New Yorker, ey, fuhgedaboutit.
Most of the reviews here? On the lowest of the low end of the spectrum?Â They’re fans who sound just like me.
The new stadium is over the top. It’s extravagant. What happened to the history, class and ambiance that the old stadium had? What happened to that breath-taking moment when you look at the field for the first time?
I think it got lost somewhere by the meat-carving station and in the city-within-a-city feel. Some fans love the bustling new stadium, with so many activities you don’t even have to go to watch a game if you didn’t want to.
Uh, but why would you go to a ballpark in the first place. And no, no mistake. That wasn’t a question.
Fans know what they like, and the majority of them don’t like to feel like a Steinbrenner or a Trump.
They don’t want their gourmet hotdog on a silver platter.
They just want to watch baseball, sheesh.
Stacey disagrees. Go read what she thinks of the ranking, and what fans dislike about the stadium.